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The Best of Vancouver for Free

The Best of Vancouver for Free

BBC.com While a 2012 report from the Economist Intelligence Unit claimed Vancouver, British Columbia is North America’s most expensive city to live, there are plenty of ways to enjoy yourself here for free – if you know where to look. For budget-minded travellers – and belt-tightening locals – here are some top tips to save […]

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The perfect storm – and maybe a sasquatch – on Vancouver Island

The perfect storm – and maybe a sasquatch – on Vancouver Island

VIA Destinations Magazine It’s 3 p.m. on Chesterman Beach, Tofino and I can barely hear myself think as waves the size of houses crash against a wintry coastline littered with copper-colored logs. I’ve been standing here under a gunmetal sky for 10 minutes and while a thick yellow raincoat protects my straining body, my ice-cold […]

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Chilling out on B.C.’s Inside Passage ferry

Chilling out on B.C.’s Inside Passage ferry

Globe and Mail It’s 7.15 a.m. on the silent outer deck of the gleaming white Northern Expedition ferry. Hands deep in pockets and stamping to stay warm, I swivel to survey Port Hardy’s forest-fringed harbour as the rising sun illuminates streaks of mist and two eagles perched like sentinels in the trees. Eyes watering from the cold, […]

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A nut-shaped treehouse that isn’t just for the birds

A nut-shaped treehouse that isn’t just for the birds

Globe and Mail It’s 7 a.m. and honeyed sunlight is percolating through the branches just outside my porthole window. Rolling over to face the foliage, I find a mohawked bluebird eyeing me curiously from its perch a few inches away. Not the usual wake-up call for a city dweller like me, it’s a reminder that I’m […]

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Rewilding Vancouver

New exhibition rewilds Vancouver BBC.com When European settlers arrived in the densely forested western Canada region that eventually became Vancouver, they were continually glancing over their shoulders for the hungry bears and wolves that already called the area home. But as the city grew to become British Columbia’s largest metropolis, these once-dominant local critters took […]

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